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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek SUV

The Evolution of the Original Crossover

11/29/2013 — by Jason Engineering Editor

Things going as planned.

Water over the hood of the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid as we motor it a river with baseball-sized of ice floating ominously near its handles. Just minutes a huge rut in the path and that’s generous left a half-dozen high-centered, teetering on their pans, tires pawing at

Subaru innocently expected in November to be an ideal environment to off its first-ever hybrid car. 90 mph wind gusts constantly snow over the path, and the crossings are all deeper than anticipated. We wanted the circumstances to be a 9.5 out of 10 for

What we got was a 13, one Subaru representative

In-House Hybrid System

a little perspective. We’re in conditions that would many vehicles, yet with a assistance, the Subarus just on keepin’-on. But what exactly are we

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid pries a heretofore underrepresented niche of the affordable all-wheel-drive hybrid wagon with a lift Based on the don’t-call-it-an-Impreza XV Crosstrek, the introduces the gas-electric Subaru to the

Subaru developed its hybrid in-house and in doing so kept relatively simple. A 13.4-horsepower motor was engineered into the end of the company’s continuously variable (CVT), while a 0.55-kWh hydride battery finds its way the trunk floor. Though a battery would have much smaller and lighter, brass cite cost as an

Revisions to the 2.0-liter flat-4 engine include a bump in ratio (now 10.8:1, up 10.5:1) and new heads with exhaust port geometry.

The hybrid system’s combined rises to 160 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 163 of torque at 2,000 rpm. numbers represent peak of 12 hp and 18 lb-ft over the non-hybrid XV, smacks of small potatoes you consider that the base car its peak torque way up at 4,200 Thus, the electrified XV Crosstrek feels punchy at low revs its 300-pound weight gain the non-hybrid XV Crosstrek.

Chassis

The Hybrid’s 225/55R17 all-season had been swapped in favor of winter tires for our drive, so it was to say if the Hybrid’s 3,451-pound curb noticeably influences the car’s character. Nevertheless, Subaru the Hybrid handles more than non-hybrids and backs it up hardware changes. Hybrid get a quicker steering ratio compared to 15.5:1 in non-hybrids) and a rear stabilizer bar than in addition to retuned dampers and front lower control arm

For sure, the XV Crosstrek’s ample ground clearance and AWD abetted the in traversing the Icelandic terrain. CVT-based AWD system uses an controlled hydraulic clutch to bias torque where needed. It’s an effective for blasting up snow-covered hillsides, as we out.

Once stuck in however, the CVT doesn’t switch enough between Drive and (and back) to facilitate the car free.

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Based on feedback existing XV Crosstrek owners that car’s noise Subaru added sound-deadening like a thicker front pan, more sound and quieter glass. These will also show up on model year non-hybrid XV too.

Small Fuel Economy

Go easy on the right pedal and the XV Hybrid will propel solely on EV power up to speeds of 13 mph, at which point the gas springs to life to help along. It’s a commendably transition. Likewise, the hybrid’s braking is unobtrusive, with a of synthetic-ness to the pedal feel.

the most surprising aspect of hybrid is its fuel economy, and not in a way, unfortunately. The hybrid 31 mpg combined (29 city/33 highway), a of just 3 mpg over the standard XV With its $3,000 price (the hybrid starts at with destination) the hybrid’s period based on fuel pencils out to more than 15


The extra cash commanded by the does net some unique like automatic climate and keyless entry/ignition. Want The XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring adds a sunroof, navigation and and costs $30,120 with

The Hybrid’s bulky battery elbows aside space for things, so there’s a slight in cargo volume (now cubic feet, down 22.5) and, as with hybrid cars, the spare is history. Also, the hybrid’s tank shrinks to 13.7 so despite the slightly better economy, range is a touch than the non-hybrid version.

played it safe with the system in the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. its increase in low-end thrust is the fuel economy improvement is too for the cost and attendant weight and compromises of its hybrid battery. it’ll serve you well if you to venture off the beaten Pjórsárdalsvegur a closed road in Landmannalaugar when a snowstorm rolls in.

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